August 31, 2014

things that made me swoon in August...

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1. Elise Gets Crafty podcast — Yet another podcast for me to look forward every week…hooray! I've followed Elise and her creative ventures for years now, and this podcast gives you a peek behind the scenes. She and her weekly guests offer advice, stories and encouragement for anyone who has an interest in all things creative, blog and small-business! Even if you don't own your own business or have your own blog, I would still give this podcast a listen. Elise is a gem, and her wisdom and wit are always so charming.

2. Starbucks iced latte — I've been able to save so much money couponing in the past year, so I've decided that here and there I should treat myself to an unnecessary splurge while doing my weekly shopping. I recently tried out these Starbucks coffee drinks and am completely sold. At our Vons, the price is only $5 for the carton, which boasts a total of eight 8 oz. drinks. If you're an avid Starbucks customer, I definitely recommend trying this out as an alternative to save a bit of money. To me, they tasted the exact same as what I would be getting for much, much more money.

3. Warby Parker Wilkie glasses — I posted my review of the at-home try-ons a while back, and I finally got around to ordering my favorite pair. I was hesitant to spend the money on these ($95, including lenses and shipping), but once they arrived I decided they were totally worth it. I won't be getting a new pair for years (and years) and have ended up wearing them almost daily. I'm so happy with the fit and the style, and I've been recommending Warby Parker to people ever since I received my pair!

4. The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser — If there is a book on polygamy, I will read it. (True story.) This one was an awesome read, and I definitely recommend it! No matter how many of these books I read, I'm always so fascinated by the stories of the women behind them. Incredible what they continue to overcome.

5. — I'm not one to sign up for a bunch of daily deal sites, but my sister recently recommended this one and I'm loving it so far. They have a ton (like, 30+) items in each email I receive every morning, but the variety of items is awesome and the prices are almost all in my budget. They offer everything from home decor, children and women's clothes, kitchen gadgets, unique jewelry, and a bunch of customized children's items. I'm busting a move on Christmas gifts early this year, and have already placed three orders through their website and have been pleased as punch with each purchase! As long as you're not someone who will be tempted to buy something every time you peek at these emails, I recommend signing up to start hoarding Christmas gifts and other bits and bobbins. Or, you know, to treat yo self.

And what had you swooning this past month? Do share!

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August 30, 2014

conversations with Eisley...

Cheeky monkey |
Eisley: "Baby Rosie went poopy in her diaper. I need to change her."
Me: "Is your baby going to start using the potty like a big girl?"
Eisley: "She needs to wear diapers all the time. It's the world she knows!"

Me: "I wish I could get inside your brain!"
Eisley: "It's closed right now."

Me: "Eisley, please don't lay down on the bathroom floor."
Eisley: "BUT I LOVE IT!"
Me: "Well, okay then."

Me: "Would you like to be an astronaut someday?"
Eisley: "But…I don't have the right outfit."

Me: "Hey, good job! You drew a rectangle!"
Eisley: "It almost looks like a tiger or a mouth or a banana."

For the past couple months, she has also started randomly shortening a bunch of words for no apparent reason, which never fails to entertain me. Blanket = blanks. Rapunzel = Rapunz. You're welcome = you're welks. Potty = pots. Auntie Kristin = Auntie Krissy.

I'm not going to lie: Age three is kind of a riot.

August 21, 2014

recent craftiness: upcycled pickle jars...

Well, that's a post title I didn't see coming. I may or may not have lost my marbles.

The thing is, I've been able to get these over-priced jars of pickles for ridiculously cheap (around $1 per jar) thanks to the goodness of couponing. I started saving them a while back, because they're actually pretty unique as far as jars go. They are a good size, and they even have ML and Cup notations in the glass. The hoarder in me refused to let me toss them, so they've been taking up space in our over-filled cabinets for several months now. But at least I don't have any frozen owls in my freezer, right?

(I may be watching too many episodes of Hoarders right now. Send help.)

Anyway, this week I decided to finally rinse off the labels from these jars and make use of them. It's one of those things I thought would take much longer than it actually did, and I'm glad I made the time to do it!

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Here are the jars pre-scrubbing! Please tell me I'm not the only one who would feel driven to keep something like this. I mean, honestly.

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To remove the labels, I simply soaked the jars in a hot sink of soapy water for about a half an hour (it probably didn't need to be that long, but I was distracted by a small child for a while). After I took them out of the water, I rubbed off as much of the label as I could, then scrubbed the adhesive off by using a rag with nail polish remover. It came of so quickly with the nail polish remover, it was quite fantastic! I was thinking I would have to go out and buy something to remove the adhesive, but Google came to the rescue once again.

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I have a couple more jars waiting to be scrubbed down, but the first three ended up holding coffee grounds, flowers, and oats. For the gold-ified one, I just poured some gold paint inside and swirled it around for a while to make sure it was fully coated. (I tried using a paint brush, but you could see the paint strokes, which annoyed me.) To me, it looks more brown than gold, so I think next time around I'll just spring for some spray paint and do the outside of the jar instead of the inside.

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These roses grow near our duplex, and I cut a few to put in the jar for these photos. I'm pretty sure there were a few creatures living in them, though, so they may not be in here for long. (Some day I will convince my husband to buy me flowers on the regular. Until that day, these will have to do!)

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We keep the other two jars on our kitchen counter. Not fancy, but I find them quite charming, if you ask me. I was toying with the idea of spray-painting the lids, but wasn't sure if that would be a good idea, since we're keeping food inside of them. Thoughts?

A bunch of people have told me how they use mason jars as drinking glasses, and although these seems a tad too big for that, the next two jars I clean may end up serving that purpose. Come to think of it, we just got margarita mix from Costco, so…want to come over? Seriously.